Earliest type of minuscule writing, from a 10th-century manuscript of Thucydides. Later minuscule, 15th-century manuscript of Aristotle. The minuscule script was a Greek writing style which was developed as a book hand in Byzantine manuscripts during the 9th and 10th centuries.
See Article History Greek alphabet, writing system that was developed in Greece about bce. It is the direct or indirect ancestor of all modern European alphabets.
Derived from the North Semitic alphabet via that of the Phoeniciansthe Greek alphabet was modified to make it more efficient and accurate for writing a non-Semitic language by the addition of several new letters and the modification or dropping of several others.
Most important, some of the symbols of the Semitic alphabet, which represented only consonants, were made to represent vowels: The addition of symbols for the vowel sounds greatly increased the accuracy and legibility of the writing system for non-Semitic languages.
Before the 5th century bce, the Greek alphabet could be divided into two principal branches, the Ionic eastern and the Chalcidian western.
Differences between the two branches were minor. The Chalcidian alphabet probably gave rise to the Etruscan alphabet of Italy in the 8th century bce and hence indirectly to the other Italic alphabets, including the Latin alphabetwhich is now used for most European languages. In bce, however, Athens officially adopted the Ionic alphabet as written in Miletusand in the next 50 years almost all local Greek alphabets, including the Chalcidian, were replaced by the Ionic script, which thus became the classical Greek alphabet.
The early Greek alphabet was written, like its Semitic forebears, from right to left. This gradually gave way to the boustrophedon style, and after bce Greek was always written from left to right.
The classical alphabet had 24 letters, 7 of which were vowels, and consisted of capital letters, ideal for monuments and inscriptions. From it were derived three scripts better suited to handwriting: Uncial went out of use in the 9th century ce, and minuscule, which replaced it, developed into the modern Greek handwriting form.It is customarily divided into old (or ancient) cursive, and new cursive.
Old Roman cursive, also called majuscule cursive and capitalis cursive, was the everyday form of handwriting used for writing letters, by merchants writing business accounts, by schoolchildren learning the Latin alphabet, and even by emperors issuing commands.
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Note: cursive writing is not customary in Greek. Some Greeks do employ cursive forms in their hand-writing, but the practice is not used widely. Some Greeks do employ cursive forms in their hand-writing, but the practice is not used widely. Nov 02, · Learning Greek Cursive Here you can discuss all things Ancient Greek.
Use this board to ask questions about grammar, discuss learning strategies, get help with a difficult passage of Greek, and more. I'm developing materials for teaching ancient Greek, by hand in notebooks before word-processing them (hooray for Apple Macintosh OS !!!). I'd like to use a modern Greek cursive which connects every letter within a word, as is done by modern Roman alphabet users .
Print out the letters you need to spell out your class name or topic title, or post around your classroom as a handy alphabet writing aid. This resource is available in Standard, Uppercase, Cursive, Upper and Lowercase and Symbols.5/5(27).